Will the Angels offseason moves be enough to compete in 2021?
By Lake Lutes
The Angels have made some new additions to their bullpen, but is it enough?
Key Departures: RP Cam Bedrosian, RP Matt Andriese, RP Keynan Middleton, RP Hansel Robles, RP Justin Anderson
Key Additions: RP Raisel Iglesias, RP Alex Claudio
Projected Current Opening Day Bullpen: CP Raisel Iglesias, SU Mike Mayers, SU Felix Pena, MID Ty Buttrey, MID Alex Claudio, MID Gerardo Reyes, MID Jose Alberto Rivera, LR Dillon Peters
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Despite their consistent failure to put together a competitive starting rotation, the Angels have found pieces of pitching success through their bullpen over the last two years.
Mike Mayers, Felix Pena, and Ty Buttrey were all pleasant surprises, contributing for the Angels in 2020. The team cut ties with a slew of different bullpen arms following the season. This includes 2010 1st round draft pick Cam Bedrosian, who had long been seen to have the potential of being a back end bullpen stud, and 2013 3rd round draft pick Keynan Middleton who just signed a one-year deal with the division rival Mariners.
The bullpen overhaul will result in a new-look supporting staff in 2021, starting with closer Raisel Iglesias, coming over from the Reds following a four-year span in which Iglesias saved 100 total games from 2016 to 2020. Iglesias will be a welcomed addition as the Angels led the league with 14 blown saves in 2020. Additionally, crafty as ever Alex Claudio should offer relief from the left side of the mound, as the team hasn’t had the services of a true left-handed specialist since Jose Alvarez filled the role in 2018.
One final addition, such as hard throwing righty Trevor Rosenthal or seasoned veteran Mark Melancon, would help solidify what is expected to be a decent bullpen.
Ultimately – the starting rotation seems to be much more in need of an immediate move, and that is where the front office should allocate its remaining resources.